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News Story
8/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's latest attempt to add more content to its local business listings by buying travel brand Frommer has been challenged by the Consumer Watchdog. The acquisition – the financial details of which were not disclosed – would build on Google's purchase of restaurant review guide publisher Zagat in September 2011. It also...
News Story
8/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Says it makes no sense to approve the deal Internet services giant Google has announced plans to acquire travel brand Frommer for an undisclosed amount in a deal that has already come under fire from Consumer Watchdog. While the move seems like a good one for Google as it tries to add more content to its local reviews business, it has already...
News Story
8/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook has offered users a new way to inform their friends and relatives en masse that they're "expecting a baby." On Monday, the Menlo Park social-networking giant added that category to the life events that people can post to their timeline, a list that already included engagements, marriages and new pets. It's a...
News Story
8/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's slow-but-steady march into the travel and local listings business continues this week with its latest acquisition: Frommer's, the popular travel guidebook series. Frommer's owner, John Wiley & Sons, announced the purchase early Monday, saying it had "entered a definitive agreement to sell all travel assets,...
News Release
8/13/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on federal antitrust regulators to block Google’s purchase of Frommer’s travel guides. “There is a fundamental conflict between being a search provider and a content provider,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director.  “As...
News Story
8/8/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to view the broadcast of this news segment. RICHMOND, Calif. (KABC) -- California drivers, brace yourselves for another rise in gas prices. Consumer advocates say a major fire at an oil refinery in the San Francisco Bay area, one of the country's largest, will push gas prices above $4 for a gallon of regular on the West Coast....
News Release
8/7/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Monday night’s explosion and hours-long fire at Chevron’s large oil refinery in Richmond, Ca., released toxic chemicals including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide in unknown amounts, sending hundreds of local residents to local hospitals with breathing and eye complaints. Yet the state agency with the most...
News Story
8/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- West Coast oil refiners cut gasoline production after a fire earlier this year at a Washington state refinery, creating a supply shortage that's left West Coast motorists now paying very high prices at a time when the rest of the nation is seeing prices plunge, according to an influential senator and veteran energy analyst...
News Story
8/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Sacramento loves to hate Consumer Watchdog, because we expose the dirty deeds politicians do for corporations, confront regulators who are asleep at the switch, and don’t believe you have to go along with big corporations to get along. We also take on the rich and powerful in the initiative process on behalf of consumers, which the legislature...
News Story
7/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The term used in countless cell phone ads remains largely undefined in the telecommunitions industry Click here to view the video of this news broadcast segment. If you’re confused about what the term 4G means, you’re not alone. Technically it stands for “Fourth Generation,” but the term remains largely undefined,...